How to Determine If You Need Emergency Dental Care
If you experience any symptoms, including pain, that involve any area of your mouth and jaw (including teeth, gums, and tongue), you should see an emergency dentist. If you recognize any of these conditions as the ones you’re currently experiencing, please contact us as soon as possible:
- Severe pain. Significant pain in any part of your mouth should be taken seriously, especially if it doesn’t subside within 30 minutes or so. You can try rinsing your mouth with saltwater, taking an anti-inflammatory medication, or applying an ice pack. If none of these first-aid measures relieves the pain, please see an emergency dentist.
- Tooth trauma. If your tooth is damaged — for example, it’s loose, out of socket, or is broken off — you need to act quickly to save the nerve and the tooth.
- Significant bleeding of mouth or gum. A little bleeding doesn’t constitute an emergency, but if the bleeding doesn’t stop you should head to the emergency dentist.
- Abscess and pus. If you see any swelling or pus drainage that indicates an abscess, it can indicate the presence of a bacterial infection, which must be addressed quickly. We can prescribe antibiotics and schedule any necessary followup appointments to address the issue.
- Swelling of face, gums, and jaw. If you find that your face, gums, or jaw are swollen and hard to move, it may mean that you have an infection. Contact us immediately so we can treat you right away, before the infection spreads.